I originally heard about the Making Oprah podcast on NPR, which is mostly what I listen to in cars and airports (well, NPR and The Read podcast). I made several mental notes to find and listen to it, but these days my mental notes get lost in the recesses of my mind if I don't write them down. This morning I was awake about an hour before everyone else and my mental Oprah note came charging back to my memory - probably because I heard Crissle mention it on The Read last week. I'm so glad I remembered, because this. podcast. is. glorious.
Making Oprah is the "inside story of a TV revolution" created by WBEZ, a radio station in Chicago. I highly recommend it. I can't think of a better example of a socially-conscious entrepreneur than Mrs. Orpah (yes, Orpah - she was born with that name) Gail Winfrey. There have been three hour-long episodes as of the time of this blog post, along with a couple of shorter bonus shows. There was also a 6 minute preview.
I started to skip the preview because I feel almost like an Oprah Winfrey historian. I've been reading bios, books, articles and backstories by and about her for as long as I can remember. In the spirit of being fully immersed in the Oprah experience, however, I decided to start with the preview, which turned out to be a good decision.
I've included my twitter thoughts for the #PopCultureClass from Episode 1 of Making Oprah below. You can also find them on Storify by clicking here.
My favorite tweet from above is "'There was no plan - no strategy - no formula'-Oprah. Be encouraged, entrepreneurs. Even O didn't know what she was doing." This makes me feel so much better about many of the things I've taken on recently.
If you listened to the preview, what was your favorite lesson? Let me know below.